Trump buys famed Turnberry course in Scotland

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm •  Published: April 30, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump expanded his golf empire with his biggest acquisition yet — Turnberry.

Trump announced Tuesday that he has agreed to buy the picturesque links course and resort on the west coast of Scotland, which has hosted the British Open four times. The most recent was in 2009, when Stewart Cink won a playoff over 59-year-old Tom Watson. The most famous was in 1977, the "Duel in the Sun" that featured Watson defeating Jack Nicklaus.

"It is an honor and privilege to own one of golf's greatest and most exciting properties," Trump said.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Independent in London reported that Trump paid Dubai-based Leisurecorp just over $63 million — 37.5 million pounds.

Turnberry is the 17th golf property owned by Trump, including 12 in the United States. That includes Trump National Doral, which was renovated for this year's World Golf Championship in south Florida.

There appears to be no plans to touch Turnberry, used as an airfield during World War II, and now considered among the finest links in Scotland with magnificent views of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Arran and the Ailsa Craig, a rounded rock formation in the Irish Sea from which curling stones are made.

"I'm not going to touch a thing unless the Royal & Ancient ask for it or approve it," Trump told golf.com. "I have the greatest respect for the R&A and for (chief executive) Peter Dawson. I won't do anything to the golf course at all without their full stamp of approval."

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